The phrase “Disneyland of beer” was batted around last week during a preview event to describe DogTap Columbus, the brewpub from Scotland-based brewery BrewDog that opened today at 96 Gender Road.
Given BrewDog’s irreverent marketing style and penchant for controversy, the brewpub may be more Vegas than Disneyland, but it certainly is massive. The pub offers 300 seats and views into the adjoining 100,000-square-foot brewery, plus two shuffleboard tables, pinball and arcade machines, a growler machine and 12 draft lines.
It’s BrewDog’s first bar to open in the U.S. and the company’s largest in a family of 48 bars worldwide. For now, BrewDog is importing its beers for the brewpub and offers a selection from Ohio breweries like Jackie O’s, Seventh Son, Rockmill and others, as well as it’s own Scottish-brewed offerings. State-of-the-art equipment has arrived from Germany and brewers Jake Borsvold and Gia Nigro say BrewDog USA is targeting March to begin onsite brewing.
“We move in dog years,” Borsvold quipped.
When you go (and you should), be sure to check out BrewDog’s flagship beer, Punk IPA, an easy-drinking brew with tropical notes that feature Chinook, Ahtanum, Amarillo, Cascade, Simcoe, Nelson Sauvin hops. Elvis Juice, meanwhile, is another IPA with a slightly higher alcohol content, packed with grapefruit peel. This grapefruit-hater loved it. Cocoa Psycho, a Russian Imperial Stout that blends crushed coffee beans, cacao nibs and dark malts, makes for a smooth dessert substitute at 10 percent ABV.
Food-wise, you can expect pretty typical pub fare like hummus, charcuterie, burgers and pizzas. Atypical: haggis spring rolls, a blatant crispy-meets-mushy nod to BrewDog’s Scottish roots. BrewDog searched the Midwest to source its haggis and landed on Ackroyd’s Scottish Bakery in Detroit.
BrewDog’s second U.S. bar is scheduled to open late this summer in Franklinton. Visit the BrewDog website for more information.
More food and drink news:
Hot Mikey’s Takeover, the weeklong mashup of Mikey’s Late Night Slice and Hot Chicken Takeover, kicks off Tuesday, Feb. 21 with a sneak peak event benefiting Columbus Diaper Bank. The event will offer hot chicken pizza and Rhinegeist during two seatings from 6 to 8 p.m. and 8 to 10 p.m. at Mikey’s 268 S. Fourth St. location. Tickets are $25.
Si Senor, a favorite of the Downtown lunch crowd, opened its second location over the weekend. The Grandview restaurant at 1456 W. Fifth Ave. will feature expanded hours Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit Si Senor's website to see the menu.
Lomonico’s Pickerington location has closed and its Downtown location at 340 E. Gay St. is up for sale.